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How *NOT TO* Create A Business Card From Design To Print

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by TomTom55, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. TomTom55

    TomTom55 New Member

    Hey everyone. I recently made a tutorial on a step by step process on how to create a business card. Check it out as well as my other tutorials / speed art videos :)

     
  2. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Firstly - Photoshop is not a page layout application.

    You've done so many things wrong, I think you should remove your video completely and burn the hard drive you created it on.

    1. Photoshop is not good for page layout and is the wrong application to start a business card.
    2. Flattening all layers is a huge mistake. There's no need. Had you used Vector Shapes, Vector Masks, and Text Layers, you could have kept it unflattenened, and save it as a print ready editable PDF for photoshop.
    3. Importing the file to Indesign was a complete waste of time (see 2 above). You could have kept the document as vector rich PDF from Photoshop.
    4. InDesign is the program you should have done all this in from scratch - there was no need to involve Photoshop at all in any stage of this.
    5. This is common mispractice by so many people - PLEASE STOP MAKING BUSINESS CARDS AND OTHER PAGE LAYOUT IN PHOTOSHOP - THAT'S WHAT INDESIGN IS FOR - (or Illustrator for 1 or 2 page pieces).
     
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  3. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Missed the part where you saved it as a JPEG...so many things wrong with your workflow... you really need to be taught the right way.
     
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  4. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    I don't mean to sound overdramatic but this video has pissed me off big time! Mainly because it is meant to be a tutorial video. If it was just a random video of someone creating a business card incorrectly, then I wouldn't be so fussed. But I find it highly irritating that people may see this video and 'learn' a totally incorrect way to work.
     
  5. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    @hankscorpio Spot on! InDesign or I personally would of used Illustrator as I only really use InDesign for multiple page layouts i.e. 4+ pages.
     
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  6. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Either or is fine. I only use Illustrator for er.. illustrations, and photoshop for er... photos.

    Illustrator is fine, but I will kill you if you send me a BC in illustrator lol
     
  7. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    Haha, yes the clue most definitely is in the name of the software.

    Don't worry, I'll send you a .Doc file :p
     
  8. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    That's fine, I just finished recently a word doc that was sent to me for Chinese business cards - 36 in total. FML
     
  9. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    I have a feeling the jpeg was due to using a company like moo for the print outs (I didn't watch all of it)
     
  10. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Even more reasons to forget this type of workflow.
     

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